Guide to the New Jewish Agenda Records, 1979-1990

Processed by Nicole Greenhouse

American Jewish Historical Society

Center for Jewish History

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Machine-readable finding aid was converted from a MARC record with marc2ead_ajhs.xsl in 2009. Description is in English.
2016 Container list and top-level description was added.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: New Jewish Agenda (Organization)
Title: New Jewish Agenda Records
Abstract: This collection contains documents from the New Jewish Agenda, a progressive Jewish grassroots organization active in the 1980s. The collection contains newsletters, chapter materials, clippings, event flyers, correspondence, meeting minutes, and other membership materials.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: .5 linear feet (1 manuscript box)
Identification: I-393
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS New York, NY
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Historical Note
Cover of 'Coming Out, Coming Home: Lesbian and Gay Jews and the Jewish Community' Pamphlet (Box 1, Folder 1)

Cover of 'Coming Out, Coming Home: Lesbian and Gay Jews and the Jewish Community' Pamphlet (Box 1, Folder 1)

The New Jewish Agenda Organizing Committee was founded at a meeting at the home of Gerry Serotta in 1979. The organization was formally established at a founding conference of over 700 progressive Jews in Washington D.C. in December 1980. The organization was made up of Jews from a variety of religious and secular backgrounds committed to fostering a progressive voice in the organized Jewish community. Many founding members were veterans of the Jewish student movement, the Breira organization, the Havurah movement, Chicago's Chutzpah, Seattle's Kadima and Boston's Committee to Challenge Anti-semitism. Its official platform was adopted on November 28, 1982 at a delegates conference in New York City. The platform called for a support network of Jewish communal life in the United States; a commitment to feminism, including support of women in the workforce and reproductive rights; equal rights for gays and lesbians; support for Jews with disabilities; fighting against anti-Semitism and racism; support of the labor movement, affirmative action, nuclear disarmament, and civil liberties; advocating for renewable energy sources; and the building of relations between Jews in the United States and the international Jewish community. NJA dissolved in 1992.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of general membership correspondence, event fliers, meeting minutes and memoranda, an organizational history, position papers, press releases, a list of chapter representatives, discussion bulletins and a bibliography of the Jewish community's lesbian and gay liberation movement.

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Arranged alphabetically.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Collections and Engagement of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:
American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011

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Related Material

The New Jewish Agenda Records is one individual collection within the Counter Culture collections located at the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS). Other counter culture collections at AJHS include the Arthur Ocean Waskow Papers (P-152), Leonard Fein Papers (P-582), Shira Eve Epstein Papers (P-776), Riv-Ellen Prell Papers (P-795), Ruth Abusch-Magder Papers (P-841), Virginia Levitt Snitow Papers (P-876), Goldie Milgram Papers (P-876), Jack Jacobs Papers (P-1020), Gerald Serotta Papers (P-1023), Jack Nusan Porter Papers (P-1024), Arthur J. Lelyveld Papers (P-1030), Jews for Urban Justice (Washington, D.C.) Records (I-159), Jewish Peace Fellowship Records (I-189), Jewish Student Press Service Records (I-248), Breira Records (I-250), American Jewish Alternatives to Zionism (New York, New York) Records (I-326), North American Jewish Students Appeal Records (I-338), Jewish Labor Committee Records (I-377), Vermont Chapter of the New Jewish Agenda Records (I-449), Jewish Counter Culture Collection (I-504), Trees and Life for Vietnam Records (I-542), Lights in Action Records (I-560), Brit Tzedek v'Shalom/Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace Records (I-587), and portions of the Jewish Student Organizations Collection (I-61).

A larger collection of New Jewish Agenda Records is held by the Tamiment Library at New York University.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); New Jewish Agenda Records; I-393; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY.

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Processing Information

In 2016, a container list and top level description was added to the finding aid. The old call number associated with this collection is MS-NAT.N40.

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Access Points

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

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Container List

Click the box in the request column to open the form that allows you to request a box for onsite viewing in the reading room at the Center for Jewish History, New York, NY.


New Jewish Agenda Records, 1979-1990

11Bibliography—Jewish Community—Lesbian and Gay Liberation1982-1986request_box
12Chapter Representatives1983request_box
14Discussion Bulletins1982request_box
15Event Fliers1982-1983request_box
16General Correspondence1979-1984request_box
17Lectures, Petitions, and Protests1982-1983request_box
19Memoranda, minutes, and other administrative materials1980-1984request_box
110National Platform Committee1982request_box
111Organizational History1980srequest_box
112Organizing Committee—Attendance1980request_box
113Position Papers1982request_box
114Press Releases1981-1984request_box
116Publications—Newsletters—Boston Chapter1980-1984request_box
117Publications—Newsletters—Philadelphia Chapter1982-1984request_box
118Publications—Newsletters—Shalom Network1982-1983request_box
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